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Inequalities in health: is research gender blind?

David A. Leon and Gill Walt

in Poverty, Inequality, and Health

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192631961
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.003.0014
Inequalities in health: is research gender blind?

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This chapter argues that most studies on the relationship between socio-economic status and health has been gender blind, and that this blindness may hinder attempts to understand the causal mechanisms that create and maintain social patterning in health. Examining the differences and similarities between men and women in the relationship between mortality and morbidity could focus attention to both potential explanations for socio-economic gradients in health and to potential explanations for gender differences in health, and advance the understanding of the relationship between social and biological processes and outcomes.

Keywords: health inequality; social inequality; gender differences; socio-economic status; social patterning; mortality; morbidity

Chapter.  4156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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